Police release footage showing Wellington kidnapping

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Police released footage of kidnapping in an attempt to identify offenders involved when it happened on Tuesday 25th August.

Police are looking for two vehicles of interest shown in the footage – a black BMW hatchback and a dark-coloured sedan.

The victim, who was a male was with his female partner. They were parked on Shelley Bay Road at about 8 pm when he was forced into the back of the sedan by two men who were not known to the couple.


The victim’s partner left the area in the BMW and headed towards Kilbirnie where the sedan followed her.

Video footage shows that the BMW turned into a carpark area on Rongotai Road between the KFC and Mobil, then stopping; the sedan can be seen parking behind the BMW where one of the two men gets out and approaches the BMW.

The victim takes the opportunity to escape and can be seen running towards a PAK’nSAVE car park on Onepu Road.

The victim and his partner were not physically harmed the incident, but it was too traumatic for them says Police.

Wellington’s Police believe this was an isolated incident, and there is no ongoing risk to the community.

“We would like to hear from anyone who remembers seeing these two vehicles in the vicinity of Shelly Bay Road, Miramar Avenue, Cobham Drive, Troy Street, Rongotai Road, Evans Bay Parade and Onepu Road between 8 pm and 8.45 pm or has dash camera or CCTV footage that may have captured them.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Police via 105 and quote file number 200825/5640. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

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